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Student Award Winners Recognized by MNRS

Kristin Manges

University of Iowa College of Nursing PhD candidate Kristin Manges has been selected to receive the Joseph & Jean Buckwalter Grant from the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS).

This grant was made possible through a bequest from the estate of Dr. Joseph and Jean Buckwalter to their son, Jody, and their daughter-in-law, UI College of Nursing Professor Emeritus Kitty Buckwalter. The purpose of this $5,000 grant is to support the research development of budding scholars in the Midwest Region, especially those with interests in cancer and depression.

Former University of Iowa College of Medicine faculty member Dr. Joseph Addison Buckwalter III was instrumental in establishing the Iowa statewide cancer registry. His wife, Jean, was secretary to the Chairman of UI’s Department of Surgery.

“This is especially nice since support for this grant comes from Kitty Buckwalter’s family,” said Ann Marie McCarthy, RN, PhD, FNASN, FAAN, professor & associate dean for research. “Congratulations to Kirstin and her faculty advisor Patricia Groves.”

The grant will aid Manges in her research, which is titled “Teams' Shared Mental Models & Patient Discharge Readiness.”  The following excerpt is from her abstract:

“Hospital discharge is a vulnerable care transition point for patients, yet little is known about how interprofessional healthcare teams coordinate care when preparing patients for discharge. Shared Mental Models (SMMs) are recognized as vital cognitive mechanisms for implicit coordination; however, teamwork and taskwork SMMs have not been examined in the context of the discharge process. Understanding inpatient discharge team SMMs and their impact on patient readiness for discharge is foundational to identifying ways of improving interprofessional teamwork during discharge. Thus this study will describe inpatient discharge team (nurse, physician, and discharge coordinator) SMMs and explore their impact on patient readiness for discharge.”

Additional MNRS Accolades  
Margaret Turk, an undergraduate student who conducts research with Kristine Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing, was selected to receive the 2016 MNRS Undergraduate Student Research Scholars’ Award.

This particular award is intended to encourage MNRS student members to present their research that advances nursing science and practice. Awards are offered in the areas of Graduate and Undergraduate Research. 

Manges and Turk will be recognized for their accomplishments during MNRS’s 40th annual research conference, March 17-20, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Posted On: 
Feb 18th, 2016